The View from Coal Country

The conversation about climate change revolves to a great extent around coal-fired power plants in the U.S., China, and around the world because of their enormous emissions of carbon dioxide and the alarming rate at which new plants are being proposed and constructed. Today was a day for absorbing many of the other ugly truths…
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Dramatic November Leaves Hope for Significant U.S. Contribution at COP15

Reading a recent article highlighting Sen. James Inhofe’s now-international obstructionism on efforts to stem climate change, I was struck by how eventful and dramatic the last few months have been for folks who have been paying attention and are holding their breath for actual progress at the Copenhagen Conference of Parties.



Pre-conference thoughts

I am very excited to be heading to Copenhagen next month with some really outstanding Vermont Law School students. We have been preparing for this for months, and we are all on the edge of our seats. We want to know whether world leaders are committed to getting climate change under control or not, and we think this is the moment in history when that will become clear.


11 Days and Counting …

It’s hard to believe the climate conference is about to begin. For the past several months, we’ve been studying the issues, making our travel plans, coordinating with colleagues, and making connections with other like-minded groups and individuals. Indeed, the email traffic has been fast and furious, with articles, reports, commentaries, predictions, and speculations flying about…
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My take on it…

The Copenhagen Conference is the beginning of the next generation of discussion and action on nearly every energy production and transmission issue. From renewables and smart grids to efficiency and electricity storage, forming a comprehensive vision for how we will sustainably power our world will begin here.


VLS and COP15

Many VLS students came here to study environmental law at the law school with the best environmental law program in the country, and to learn “law for the community and the world.”  Getting to go to Copenhagen and participate in COP15 is an ideal opportunity to do both of those things and one that I feel extraordinarily fortunate to have.